Jaci Burton – Changing the Game (Play by Play #2)

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In honor of the World Series, this is my suggested read for the week.

Check Out this cover!  Guess what … the writing inside is even hotter.

Liz is a successful sports agent and Gavin is one of her clients.  She’s been in love with him for years.  He is a professional baseball player that has true love and devotion for the game.

Gavin and Liz burn up the sheets (shower and other surfaces) together.  But mixing business with pleasure is complicated.  Throw in some deep emotions and the situation gets more complex.  Liz has close ties to Gavin’s family, which makes the entanglement even more convoluted.

This book is a grand slam hot romance!

Other Play-by-Play Posts:

Jaci Burton – Quarterback Draw

Jaci Burton – All Wound Up

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Lorraine Loveit – Hard Ball 3rd Quarter: A Contested Possession (Playing the Game #3)

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Finally, a book where the submissive shows some backbone and starts to stand up for herself.  It’s okay to say NO.  It’s okay to use your safe word.  Neither scenario permanently destroys the nature of the D/s relationship.

The tides start to turn in this 3rd book in the series.  Brendon begins to warm up a bit.  In fact, his warmer moments were extremely hot!

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Susie starts to speak up for herself, which is fantastic.  She starts to level the playing field between her and Brendon – pun intended.

Brendon continues to have huge jealousy issues that makes him blind to the important thing in front of him.

See Related Posts about the Playing the Game Series:

Lorraine Loveit – Bounce Down

Lorraine Loveit – Getting Tackled

Lorraine Loveit – Full Time

Lorraine Loveit – Time On

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Jon Wilde – His Undeniable Desire (The Undeniable #1)

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There’s no way to tame a bad boy – you’ll always get burned.  But if you have a taste for bad boys, it’s best to find one that had his run and has already been reformed.

This book starts out with heartbreak.  As a reader you see it coming as clearly as if you were watching a scary movie and the killer is hiding behind a closed door.  I could feel myself wanting to shield my eyes and peer through the small slits between my fingers.

The parallel story telling about young twenty somethings trying to date brings the reader to a state of demoralization.  This is a terrible place for a romance reader that loves a happily-ever-after, but it truly makes for an outstanding emotional rebound.

I like how the author points out how in MMA fighting, the key to winning is finding that one moment of opportunity and taking advantage.  This theme is also true in both love and life, which is reflected in the love story.

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Jaci Burton – All Wound Up

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If you haven’t been reading the Play by Play Series by Jaci Burton – YOU NEED TO START NOW!

In All Wound Up, Tucker and Aubry’s busy work schedules don’t provide them with the opportunity to spend a lot of time together but they certainty make it quality time – hot and intense.  The clothes shedding scenes were filled with heart pounding sexual tension and release.  The heat on the pages made me need a shower after a few of the chapters.

While Tucker and Aubry come from two different types of families, their determination to forge their own paths in their careers makes them a believable couple.  Tucker chooses to become a baseball player in a family of football stars; and Aubrey chooses to follow her pursuit of science academics to become a doctor in a family of business minded parents.

I love the simplicity of Aubry’s physical attraction to Tucker.  She finds him gorgeous in jeans and a button down shirt.  Well, his cut abs and amazing stamina are a bonus.

Tucker’s attraction for Aubry is charming.  While he can compliment her ass and make her feel attractive, he also has a true respect for her quick witted intellect that can get him out of bind when the wrong words slip from his mouth.

One of my favorite lines:

Tucker says to Aubry, “I’m okay with being your dirty little secret, Aubry.”  Then he adds, “For now,” just before kissing her.

I usually don’t have a preference for reading books on an e-reader or an actual book.  For me, there’s an equal balance of pros and cons.  However, I think this series is my one exception.  With a covers like these, it’s nice to be able to check out the cover every time I’m forced to put down the book (and focus on real life).  I conducted a poll in February 2015 to vote on people’s most favorite Jaci Burton cover.  Quarterback Draw won.

See all the results at:

Results of Favorite Jaci Burton Play by Play Cover

Check out all the drool-worthy covers at my original poll post:

Which is your favorite Jaci Burton Play by Play Cover?

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Lorraine Loveit – Time On Elimination Final (Playing the Game #5)

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Susie’s war in her head between choosing to be with Jason or Brendon continues in Time On Elimination Final.  She left the hands of one Dominant to the hands of another.  While Jason does have his own playroom, his style of dominating Susie is vastly different than Brendon’s abusive manner.  Jason certainly has his priorities in order, “Seeing to [Susie’s] sexual pleasure – in every conceivable way[.]”  He likes to keep his rules simple: trust and respect.  Jason seems to be the right choice.   He’s hot, amazing in bed, caring, considerate, and openly admits his love for Susie.  However, Susie can’t get thoughts of Brendon out of her head.  She also can’t seem to reciprocate the intensity of Jason’s love for her.  Her conflicts aren’t just between two men.  She isn’t even sure if she is cut out for being a submissive.  Jason starts to doubt her commitment to being a submissive.  Was it just a passing phase?  Was she just dabbling?  To make matters more confusing in Susie’s mind, Brendon is seeking therapy to cure his overly jealous and aggressive nature.  Even more so, he’s willing to give up all the painful types of kink for Susie.

“And that was the $64,000 question – would [Susie] be happy with that Brendon? Probably.  Could [she] leave what [she] had with Jason?  Probably not.”

Why can’t Susie seem to rectify her feelings?  It’s difficult when love is defined with feelings in your heart and not a quantifiable list in your head.  This difficulty is what makes this book a great read.

While this is the fifth book in the Playing the Game series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  The author does a fantastic job of recapping the story at the beginning.  Whether you’re new to series or just have forgotten what happened in the last story – not a problem.

Bonus: Book includes an excerpt form Grand Final “The Last Game.”  Be careful reading this, it ends with a cliff hanger that could lead to death in waiting in anticipation for the final book. 🙂

This book will be released on June 27, 2015.

See other posts:

Lorraine Loveit – Bounce Down

Lorraine Loveit – Full Time

Lorraine Loveit – Getting Tackled

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Jaci Burton – Quarterback Draw

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As a fan of the Play-by-Play Series, this one is a win.  Katrina is a supermodel, which initially made me not like her.  But, she is admits to having read a great deal of erotica – that I can relate to.  Grant is a man with the right priorities.  “He wanted to make her come again.  And again.  Until she wanted no one else but him.”  Katrina and Grant are a hot pair and their steamy scenes will make you sweat, too.

The balance between family and romance is what makes this series particularly outstanding.  In addition, being a native of St. Louis, I appreciate how well Jaci Burton incorporated elements of the city.  Her description of the heat reminded me of how brutal the humidity in St. Louis can be in the summer.  Also, she nailed it with the scene at the Jewel Box – it is an amazing place for wedding photos.

As a side note, I conducted a poll conducted last month: Quarterback Draw won for Favorite Jaci Burton Play-by-Play Cover.  See all the results at:

Results of Favorite Jaci Burton Play by Play Cover

Check out all the drool-worthy covers at my original poll post:

Which is your favorite Jaci Burton Play by Play Cover?

I cannot get enough of this series!  My life comes to a halt when I bring one of these books home.  Ripped sports guys that have depth, too.  The characters are amazing and I adore how the characters from all the books are intertwined.  I’ll be racing faster than Gray Preston, in One Sweet Ride, to get the next in the series.  “All Wound Up” is set to be released in August 2015.

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Lorraine Loveit – Getting Tackled

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This is the 2nd Book in the Playing the Game series.

Beware! Reader may become as addicted to the series as Susie is addicted to getting busy with Brendon.  Susie cannot stop herself from being with Brendon even if she doesn’t like many aspects of how he treats her.  She admits that she has an

“Unhealthy obsession with him and his body”

How could she give up such a relationship, when he brings her more pleasure than she ever dreamed was possible with a man?

“Being with Brendon it was much more than just sex; it was like being connected with him on a higher level where his true self was revealed.”

Yet still, she wishes that she could change Brendon and make him love her.  Can she accept the good with the bad?  Does the sex override her other concerns?  I don’t know the answer to that question, but the bedroom scenes are scorching hot!  The book leaves you craving to know how it will all work out for Susie and Brendon.

See my other posts about the Playing the Game Series:

Lorraine Loveit – Full Time

Lorraine Loveit – Bounce Down

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